Fondazione Donnaregina for the contemporary arts, in Naples, presents Plastic Village – The imperfect border between architecture and design, produced in the context of Progetto XXI (ed. 2015) in collaboration with Fondazione Plart of Naples. The project includes a workshop in mid-November and an exhibition from 3 December 2015 to 9 January 2016.

For years, Fondazione Plart, home of one of the world’s most important collections of polymers, has been a reference point for conservation, protection and restoration of plastics. With the coordination and curating of the architect Cherubino Gambardella and the support of the Seconda Università di Napoli, the Plastic Village project approaches one of the most complex and urgent issues of our time: immigration.

During the initial workshop lasting three days, students of the Second University of Naples were asked to explore, analyze and propose solutions for nomadic living and hospitality. The innovative working method called for the use of a table with staggered tops, permitting the students, looking at the work of the various participants, to supply not just an individual response, but also a coordinated group effort.

The purpose of the workshop was to come up with ideas for a minimum living space made with plastic, not just as a functional solution but also in keeping with the basic principles of the project itself.

The architectural, ethical and cultural challenge laid the groundwork for an exhibition that involves all the participants. On the work table, all the ideas of the students on this theme are displayed, just as they were formulated during the workshop.

These works are joined by a true prototype of a habitat unit in wood and plastic made by Cherubino Gambardella. The architectural approach of Gambardella to the question is of particular interest, not imagining just a decontextualized solution, but thanks to 24 drawings made with the collage technique and the discussions that emerged from the workshop, offering an overall vision for viewers of a solution that can be adapted to any urban context.